Recently, we caught up with The Husel to find out about his new album Husel Music, details of his persona The Husel, his critics, Future plans & more.
LoveThisTrack: Everyone is familiar with Musiq Soulchild and the success of Musiq having Grammy nominations & Number #1 albums, Tell us more about The Husel & what are you trying to achieve with this new persona?
The Husel: Trying to be creative. I feel like they’re a lot of people doing what I am doing with this Husel project but you never heard of them. As an Artist, I peep what everyone else is doing and said I can do that too. If you know you can do something and you see everyone else doing it & winning it but you are doing what you use to & people don’t buy into it anymore. If this is what ya’’ll like, then I can do that too. That‘s where the idea came from. It was something I always wanted to do. I saw the opportunity and I just ran with it.
LoveThisTrack: In your previous music, some of your music had a hip-hop feel to it like ‘Radio’ and ‘Buddy’ and you worked with hip hop artists before. Listening to this new project, it is real motivation. It taking a sound & putting a positive tone on it. What is the message do you want to get through with The Husel?
The Husel: I tell people even though this sound I’m using has been already done and commonly associated with certain elements, I’m not necessary going out for the same thing. You usually hear this kind of music in the club and usually referenced with talking about Strip Clubs and Trapping. That is what that is, that’s the nature of the culture but that’s not my life. I’m not always in the Strip Clubs and I’m not on nobody Trap, that’s not my life so I can’t talk about that; I would be fraudulent. I’m not interested to living up to something that I’m not but I did like the sound so what I did was take the sound and repurpose it with something I do know about, which is making stuff happen and getting to where I needed to get to one way or another. I have been doing that, aside from my whole career but in my whole life figuring stuff out one situation at a time. No matter where my life ended up or no matter how my life was going at the moment, I had to figure it out regardless. I took that mentality and applied it to music and if you listen, the lyrics are self-explanatory. It was intended to be inspirational & motivational. People are being distracted by the sound and what they are used to affiliating that sound with. They’re not listening to the words. They’re a lot of followers these days who comment on people’s opinion rather than going to check it out for themselves to see if they dig it. This is to speak to the pushback I’ve been getting from this Husel Project. But more & more, I’m starting to get people letting me know ‘this is dope & they get it’. It’s not what they thought it was.
LoveThisTrack: As far as the some of the slack that you are getting, do you feel like any of it is rooted for the fact that you are an Artist from Philly and traditionally, Philly rappers typically have a certain lyrical ability, which is more aggregative & street oriented.
The Husel: Here’s the thing. I never considered what I’m doing with this Husel project as rap. Other people considered it Rap. As a matter of fact, I have gone on record saying this is not Rap music on videos, interviews, it has been published & documented. It is not Rap music. It is a definitely a representation of Rap culture in a way. It is Hip Hop, but not Rap. Rap is a specific thing, a legacy which has been contributing to people who been trying to live up the tradition of Rap Music. This is not Rap music. However, I can’t not acknowledge that it has a huge hip-hop element to it. It was attended to be a contributor to hip-hop culture but in it’s own way. If you looking for me to be rapping all these bars, then you should be disappointed because that’s not what I was trying to do. Why don’t you appreciated for what I was trying to do? In order to know that, all you have to do is listen to what I’ve been telling you. People are going to to do what they going to do, then get mad about it for it not being what they thought it was or what they wanted it to be. It was never attended to be what you thought it was. Maybe later on, I may try my hand in actual Rap music but that not what this is right now.
LoveThisTrack: How long have you had the idea of creating The Husel?
The Husel: This sound that I’m calling The Husel was really inspired by wanting to be a valued contributor to the Hip hop culture. I know I wasn’t that experienced in Rapping. It ‘s not something that you wake up and do and be great at it. Some people are born with it but you still got to work on it and be great at it. As a songwriter, it is a different mindset you have to be in when it comes to rapping. It was definitely encouraging through the years to link up with different rappers and them saying, “Bro, you can do this all day” & “You are a good songwriter”. A lot of it was coming from their perspective. You know how you meet someone and they know how to do something great and look at you & they think you are dope enough to pick it up. I appreciate the compliment but if I’m going to do it, I want to do it right. I don’t want to do it and get attention and credit for something else I did so I get a pass. I don’t think that’s fair for the people that live it everyday. If I got to go listen to old Rap songs and research on history of hip-hop, I’m willing to do that because I don’t want to do it just for the look or gimmick. If I do it, I’m going to do it and keep doing it for the rest of my life. That’s just the kind of person that I am when it comes to doing stuff. I started officially when I moved to Atlanta. Actually the song “Radio” was my attempt at this Husel thing, I didn’t have a name yet & it wasn’t meant to be put on the album but at the time, people got excited at it. When I moved to Atlanta, I was influenced by the sound. I had a ‘why not’ moment. Even then I started getting some push back, and it was in that moment, I realize that if I’m going to do this, I’m going to either not do it so people can shut up about it or go ahead and go harder. If I’m going to go harder, there are certain things about it that’s not gonna fit with the Musiq Soulchild brand so that’s where the idea with coming up with a different name so the Musiq Soulchild brand can be there untouched. I’m going to still give you what you are used to with Musiq Soulchild. The Husel is totally different thing so don’t be looking for Musiq Soulchild when I’m doing the Husel.
LoveThisTrack: Who are some of the Rappers who influenced The Husel?
The Husel: A huge influence is 50 cent. That is a seed that was planted in my mind that grew to be what we all know now as the Husel. The reason why I say this is because when 50 cent was bubbling & putting out mixtapes, it was the energy & aura around his come up. It was some new shit; I never felt nothing like that before, as far as energy. His whole back story and he’s still around is huge. To have that impact on an entire culture in that way is huge. He represents someone who came out of certain element and rose out of it successfully because most people don’t. As an R&B dude being that influenced by Hip Hop, it became less about it being a hip-hop project and more about some dude using music to make it out of the bad way and anyone whose been through those things can identify with that. I had the chance to sit and chop it up with him, I told him ‘Dude, you are greatly responsible for this whole Husel Project’ and it was ill to find out how much of a fan he was of Musiq Soulchild. T.I. also played a big part in it with me being in Atlanta and him being a big influence in the south & southern rap music. Also Bone Crusher & Pastor Troy, who are originators of the sound we call ‘Turn up Music’.
LoveThisTrack: You mentioned that you will be introducing other Personas; can you let us know details about it & what genre of music it will be?
The Husel: The next Persona will be called Purple Wonda Luv aka P Wonda Luv. It will be total opposite of the Husel. The Husel turns up and Purple WonderLove turns down. Everything is cool, chill and real Zen with him. It pretty much how people used to associate Musiq Soulchild with the Neosoul movement. A lot of the elements of that being turned up & like what Erykah Badu did in her early days.
He also mentions that he will be performing shows in the near future as The Husel. He will also be releasing another project from the Husel later this year, possibly making it a free download. He still will be putting out music as Musiq Soulchild brand. We look forward to hearing more from The Husel, Musiq Soulchild, and his other Personas! He definitely bringing his musical creativity to another level bringing all of his talents out for the world to hear.
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